January 8

January 8, 2021
by: Pastor Jim Cords
Isaiah 60:1-6 Please look at this in your Bible and contemplate it a bit before reading this.

For this meditation I was using the ESV Bible. As I started my devotional time, I was immediate struck by the opening words. “Arise, shine for your light has come.” 

    As I am writing this on January 6 I received a text message from Marilyn. It says that the Morgan Hill Community Nativity scene had the Magi arrive today (Epiphany January 6)

Epiphany is the season of light in the church year and an important reminder to us that the Messiah, Jesus comes for the whole world.

So if you reverse the order of the words in this first phrase of Isaiah 60, your read: for (or because) your light has come, ARISE/SHINE.

What we are called to do, arise and shine, is based on what has been do by God. God bings His light to us and so WE SHINE. 

AND, the verse continues, the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

God brings his glory to us and it impacts us. God comes to transform our darkness into light. Now I will be honest that sometimes I ask my self “why am I not shining more?” God has done his part, why is my part so dim? But verse 2 picks it up “For behold, darkness shall cover the earth.” The word “behold” is the Bibles way of saying “pay attention” “notice this.” And most of us have indeed noticed some darkness covering our world. So then the prophet repeats the promise. In my words “so now that you have noticed the darkness, let me remind you, the LORD will arise upon you!” 

God’s response to the darkness in our world is to bring His glory to us. We then are the ones God uses to let His light shine in the world. Then we are told in verse 4 to “life up your eyes all around and see.” Again, pay attention, but this time we are to notice that others are noticing us. We are having an impact. We are making a difference.


Pastor Jim

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